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Building Bigger Barns: A Short Observation on Life in the City

Building Bigger Barns: A Short Observation on Life in the City

This is a short piece I wrote for someone else’s blog on the parable in Luke 12 about the rich fool, and what it says about “The City” where I was working at the time:

Christ said (between his baptism and triumphal entry, I believe), that it is foolish simply to build bigger barns in this world.  I work in one of the richest areas in the whole of Europe, possibly the world – the City of London.  People here are building huge, gigantic, massive ‘barns’ out of their recent bonuses right now: over 4000 people in The City are said to have earned over £1,000,000 just in bonuses this last year.  And yet happiness and contentment are not noticeably on the increase because of it, as even secular economists like Richard Layard (see his recent book Happiness: Lesons from a new science) have noted.  If anything, people are more miserable because someone else is obviously earning more than them!  And there are still too few who have any idea about the coming Final Audit when their souls will be required of them.

God said to the rich man in the parable: “You fool!”  A more poetic reflection on this is provided by 17th century poet Thomas Traherne in his masterpiece The Apostacy:

 

For God

Both Great and Good,

The Seeds of Melancholy

Created not:  but only foolish Men,

Grown mad with customary Folly

Which doth increase their Wants, so dote

As when they elder grow they then

Such Baubles chiefly note;

More Fools at Twenty Years than Ten.

 

 As an observation of life in The City, that’s spot on.

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Is Christianity a Revealed Religion?

Is Christianity a Revealed Religion?

Can Christianity really claim to have been revealed by God? What is involved in making such a philosophical argument, and can it be believed?

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September 11th 2001 and False Gospels

September 11th 2001 and False Gospels

Some thoughts on the impact of “9/11” and how it exposed the false gospels on offer by the secular world.

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The Place of the Plagues Narrative in the Book of Exodus

The Place of the Plagues Narrative in the Book of Exodus

A biblical-theological assessment of the function and purpose of the plagues narrative (Exodus 7-14) in the book of Exodus.

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The Warning Passages in the Book of Hebrews

The Warning Passages in the Book of Hebrews

A discussion of the rhetorical function and purpose of the warning passages in the book of Hebrews, often used in theological debates between Calvinists and Arminians on the subject of the perseverence of the saints. Does Hebrews teach that an elect Christian can fall away?

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Evangelistic Sermons in the Book of Acts

Evangelistic Sermons in the Book of Acts

An exegetical examination and comparison of the evangelistic sermons of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and what we can learn from them.

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The Difficult Issue of Non-Marital Sex

The Difficult Issue of Pre-Marital Sex
This article examines the biblical arguments against non-marital sexual relations, putting them alongside other theological, pragmatic, and social-psychological arguments.

An earlier version of this article also appeared on The Briefing website in February 2002.

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